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bushwalks in Victoria's Mt Feathertop region

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  • How far can an older person hike with average ability and a 12-14kg backpack?
    • the rough rule of thumb is to plan to walk only 8-12 km per day of full pack carrying and count every 100m climbed or descended as an extra kilometre walked.
  • Camp amongst the snow gums rather than in the lower Mountain Ash areas - Mountain Ash are prone to falling unpredictably

Mt Feathertop

  • there is NO potable water so bring your own water sterilisation to avoid giardia

  • at 1922m altitude, it is only 64m from beating Victoria's tallest mountain, Mt Bogong
  • most hikers camp adjacent to Federation Hut which is some 1.5km from the peak, but which provides wood fire and composting toilet, although sleeping inside the hut is not permitted
  • the classic sunrise photo of Mount Feathertop is taken from Twin Knobs area along Razorback track so you need to wake early and do a hike from Fed Hut, then of course you can also walk to the peak (leave your backpack at the bottom though)
  • various walking routes:
    • Bungalow Spur from Harrietville
    • Bon Accord Spur track from Harrietville
      • tough 21.5km uphill hike to Fed Hut ascending 1250m and taking 8-9hrs
      • 1st 5km is easy, it’s only about 170m rise
      • small campsite at the 5km mark near a river suitable for 2-3 tents only and last place for water before Fed Hut
      • next 3km is tough uphill ascent of 650m to altitude 1278m before it levels off for next 1.5km and 200m before the old Bon Accord ruins there is a clearing where one could camp but no water
      • from ruins to Razorback junction is another slow 480m ascent making a total ascent to that point of 1250m taking around 5hrs
      • from the Razorback junction to Fed Hut is another 3.5hrs
    • Bungalow Spur - Champion Spur circuit
      • 25km 2 day hike
      • Champion Spur may be overgrown, Fed hut down to Harrietville (not the Bungalow Spur carpark though but meets the Bon Accord Spur at the base!) is 12.5km taking 4.5-5.5hrs
    • Razorback walk from Mt Hotham

Bon Accord Spur ascent courtesy of http://thegreatambler.com/mount-feathertop-via-the-bon-accord-spur

www.mumc.org.au_sites_default_files_imagecache_summit_site_photographs_mumchut-09.jpg

MUMC Hut interior courtesy of http://www.mumc.org.au/node/88

Feathertop Circuit

  • Loch CarPark, Mt Loch, Machinery Spur, Blairs Hut, Diamantina Spur (VERY steep!), Feathertop, Razorback
australia/vic/feathertop.txt · Last modified: 2016/03/13 02:32 by gary1